I am considering Weight loss surgery. I have been overweight since I was a child. I've never seen under 300lbs in my adult life, and have rarely succeeded in diets.
That being said, I have found success in other areas of my life. I have heard that the side effects of surgery can be devastating at times, and I'm not sure if I am willing to risk my ability to work and live as I do now with the potential side effects. Other than my weight, I am healthy...
For those of you who have had surgery, what have you experienced that would make you either go for it again, or choose another method?
I don't know about all these new diets that tell you to omit dairy. It's not I have alot of dairy. I have drinking skim milk for the longest time. I dont eat ice cream or I might have low fat cheese. I might have Greek yogurt with some fruit from time to time but I don't think I can give up my dairy. I don't know the names of the diets I read about restricting dairy. I try to incorporate alot protein, I cook boneless skinless chicken whenever I can, baked, not fried. I like to cook vegetables steamed or in the oven. I like beans, so that is good for protein. I am trying to cut out alot carbs. I stopped buying cereal because of the carb content. I stopped eating past because of the carbs. I heard that even you eat whole wheat pasta, it's as bad as regular pasta. I read about how wheat and wheat products are terrible but I have buying wheat bread for years.
Now, I stopped buying wheat bread. But I did hear that rye bread is better than wheat bread, so I am considering that, I am going to the gym here at the apartments. Do the elliptical for about 25 minute and then go to weight resistance machines for the arms. I am there for about 45 min to 1 hour. What else can I do. I watch Dr. Oz occasionally and he's alway promoting what to eat, what not to eat. He has guests that talked about food. He had a some guy, some health guru that says.,..."dont drink skim milk, whole milk is better". What the heck, I don't want the extra calories or fat. I want my skim milk. Every day I see new diet or foods that we should know. Has anyone seen on tv of some kind of green juice that people are drinking to lose weight. Well, Im sorry, I will not do any green smoothies with kale or this other thing I dont recall......bleegh.
I have been on the CSM diet for about seven months now. It is easy to stick to, it doesn't require me to eat in any extreme ways, I eat pretty much what I want, and I eat pretty much the same way I always have with a few slight modifications. Furthermore, there is no such thing as cheating on this diet, so if I go out to eat and pig-out, I don't feel guilty or have to start my diet all over again. Since I've been on this diet, I have lost about 15 pounds (I am 5'4" and I started at 200 lbs). I made up the CSM diet myself. "CSM" stand for "Common Sense and Moderation".
My CSM diet is based on the following facts. Loosing weight is done in one of two ways, either alone, or better if you can manage it, both at the same time: 1) Consume less calories or 2) Move more. That's it. You loose weight according to this simple formula: carbs + oxygen = water and carbon dioxide. That is, you literally burn carbs in your body which produces water and carbon dioxide and the heat or energy your body needs to function. The water is may used by your body for hydration but most of it passes out in your urine, sweat, and lungs when you breathe. The carbon dioxide you expel when breathing. In other words, your body is always trying to loose weight. You gain weight when you consume more carbs or calories than you need and you loose weight when you consume a little less than your body needs.
So what I do is simply this: I do what I can to reduce my caloric intake. Instead of two sandwiches with four slices of bread, I make two sandwiches with two slices of bread and instead of the top slice of bread on each sandwich, I put a few leaves of lettuce. I get the volume, I get the same amount of tuna or deli meat, but I cut the calories down a good bit. I am satisfied and not hungry. I don't usually drink soda during the week (I like sweetened soda so I allow myself some usually only on weekends) and instead I drink seltzer, plain or flavored (zero calories, saving me at least 200 calories a meal) or I drink fruit juice that I dilute with water, cutting those calories about in half. Sometimes, I don't eat any bread potatoes or rice with a meal and instead I substitute a big plate of veggies (I am lucky here because I love veggies, almost all of them, raw or cooked). I found out that if I fry some eggs for breakfast, I don't really miss the toast.
See, I just use common sense, eat what I enjoy, look for easy and tasty ways to cut calories, and I don't stress out about it or beat myself up if I want to pig-out. Occasional deviation from my CSM diet is not cheating, it is an expected part of the diet. I am steadily loosing weight. I had to tighten my belt and one belt I had to drill another hole in it to make it tight enough to keep from walking out of my pants. People, including my doctor, have noticed my weight loss. Sure, it isn't fast, but it is slow and steady, healthy, and there is no rebound. The most important thing about my CSM diet is that it is easily the kind of diet that I can stay on for the rest of my life which is, I think, above all, the kind of diet we are all looking for.View Thread
I am recovering from anorexia and currently following a weight gain diet, as I need to gain weight...
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I am recovering from anorexia and currently following a weight gain diet, as I need to gain weight quickly for health reasons. Lately I've changed my eating habits a lot, especially my portion sizes. I eat way more than I used to, but I'm afraid that my body will grow accustomed to eating such big portions and that when I've reached a healthy weight I'll just keep gaining. Does "stretching the stomach" really happen with this? Will I get used to eating such portions?View Thread
I may not have spelled that correctly. Lately I've heard that this medication can really help with the fatigue that goes along with Fibromyalgia. I'm having trouble getting my pain management doctor to let me try it. Thanks for your help. God bless, DoniView Thread
I recently increased my intake of a prescription and am finding I'm loosing weight- not terribly fast...
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I recently increased my intake of a prescription and am finding I'm loosing weight- not terribly fast though. I know it could be a few other things causing this but I was wondering if anybody knew: When a prescription causes you to loose weight, are you loosing real fat or maybe just water weight?View Thread
I have eaten pretty much the routine food. Even if I got hungry (almost always just a little hungry for a...
Posted by Anon_14572
I have eaten pretty much the routine food. Even if I got hungry (almost always just a little hungry for a snack or something ), the hunger was not making me feel uncomfortable. These past few days, I have developed this urge of hunger which is very uncomfortable which almost have made me want to eat something right away or I would get sick. My diet is the same with the same quantity, yet this urge of hunger feels almost nauseating. It's just not usual for me. I couldn't find any information similar to my condition online. What's wrong with me? ThanksView Thread
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